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Man extradited from California for 2016 murder

Posted: August 20, 2018 4:02 p.m.
Updated: August 21, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Provided by the Kershaw County Detention Center/

Anthony McMillan

Nearly two years after allegedly fatally shooting a New York man in Camden, Anthony Cordell McMillan, 24, originally of Durango Circle, Columbia, is behind bars at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

According to Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd and Sgt. Tyrrell Coleman, U.S. Marshals located McMillan in Los Angeles, Calif. The CPD then hired a prisoner transport service to extradite him back to Camden. Online Kershaw County Clerk of Court records show McMillan as formally arrested on Aug. 10. Kershaw County Detention Center records indicate a judge denied bond.

“We assumed he was out there,” Floyd said of McMillan being found in California.

Floyd said it was less expensive to hire a transport service to extradite McMillan than to purchase two round-trip airplane tickets for officers and a one-way ticket for McMillan back to Camden.

McMillan is accused of fatally shooting Livio J. Mendoza, 25, of New York, N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2016, following what Camden police described as a drug deal gone bad outside the Waffle House on U.S. 521 South near I-20 Exit 98.

According to the CPD’s original incident report, McMillan, Mendoza and several other subjects met at the Waffle House to complete a drug transaction. However, when officers arrived on the scene all the subjects had fled. A Waffle House employee and another person stopped the officers and pointed toward the ground, where there were numerous shell casings as well as black glass fragments in the restaurant’s driveway.

One employee said she was inside when she heard gunshots coming from outside, looked up and saw one of the subjects -- later identified as McMillan -- running across the parking lot shooting at an SUV. She said the suspect was firing a handgun at the SUV as it was leaving toward U.S. 521. She said the suspect then ran across the parking toward the nearby Kangaroo convenience store and got into a vehicle parked between two of the gas pumps, but that had been at the Waffle House earlier. She said it left toward I-20.

Another employee told a similar story.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived and helped CPD officers secure the scene, which eventually led to obtaining security camera footage of the shooting. A CPD press release at the time identified McMillan’s vehicle as a dark-colored 2013 Kia Optima, and Mendoza’s as a rented SUV Escalade.

Coleman said one of the bullets McMillan fired went through the fleeing SUV and struck Mendoza in the back of the head. He said the people with Mendoza drove him to KershawHealth after which he was transported to McLeod Health in Florence.

“He died several days later,” Coleman said, which turned the shooting investigation into a murder case.

Two other men initially listed as possible suspects, both from the New York City area, turned out to be witnesses, Coleman said.

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